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Microplastic is defined as particles ranging from 1 μm to 5 mm. There is much research on this going on, especially how it affect the ecosystem.

Pollutants, bacteria and viruses can also bind to microparticle particles. Therefore, plastic particles can contribute to increased absorption of both pollutants, pathogenic bacteria and viruses in organisms that absorb microplastic.

Microplastic laboratory

We are currently renovating a laboratory suited for clean work on microplastics in Nordnesgaten 50, opening stiputlated to mid-mai. The laboratory will feature over pressure, in-air filtration, temperature and moisture control, a LAF-bench, wet chemistry working space, a FPA-FTIR-microscope and py-GC/MS. The two methods will be used in a complementary way to build the groundwork for baseline studies with the focus on seafood safety, but will also provide the possibility to analyze samples from studies with ecological focus. Both methods will be able to characterize polymer types. FTIR will provide an overview over the number of particles and their size-distribution down to 10µm, py-GC/MS will provide data on the amount in weight/volume. Additionally, we are working on expanding the methods’ capacity towards true quantitation with LOQ and measurement uncertainty and towards smaller microplastic and nanoplastic.”